This episode continues the trip report from Angie Muma’s Disney Cruise vacations.   We focus on the staterooms and the many dining options onboard the ships.

As a recap, Angie has done a 4-night Bahamian and a 7-night Western Caribbean.  Her vacation is on the Fantasy and the Dream.

Staterooms

Angie had 2 different room types on her cruises.

She booked a 9A category stateroom for her 7-night vacation.  This is an ocean-view room that she booked with a guaranteed rate.  A guaranteed rate is when Disney oversells a category and you are guaranteed at least the category you book, but you could also be upgraded.  In this instance, she was assigned a handicap accessible room.  It was spacious.  Angie felt bad that she had such a large room, and even called to try to give the room back.  Disney explained this was the process.  If someone who needed a handicap accessible room then booked, then they would re-assign her.   This room had 2 porthole windows that were large enough to sit in.  This room had a roll-in shower.

On the 4-night they booked an inside room, an 11A category.  This room has the magic portholes.  A magic porthole gives a live action video screen view (2ft in diameter).  There is a switch to turn this off at bedtime.  In the window, you can see characters on the screen.  Tinker Bell flying by or the house from UP floating by.  This room was smaller.  In her opinion, this room would only be good for 2 adults and a small child.  If you had more in your party you may want to book a different category.

Dining

Rotational dining is a part of the Disney Cruise Line.  There are 3 main dining rooms.  Each night you eat and move to a new dining room.  Your servers move with you so you get to keep the relationship that you established.

Royal Court  –   Think of a Cinderella based restaurant.

Enchanted Garden –   Large fountain in the middle.  There are flowers that gradually bloom during your meal.

Animator’s Palate – On the Dream and the Fantasy there are shows.  The first show is similar to the Turtle Talk with Crush.  There is also an Animator’s Show that allows you to draw on a place mat a character that will then be animated into Disney movies.

There are 2 different seating.  There is an early and a late seating.
If you have the late seating and you have small children, there is an option called ‘Dine and Play’.  This will have your children to receive their food more quickly and then counselors from the kids club will come escort your children to go play.  Then the adults can have a relaxing dinner.

There is specialty dining that requires additional charges and is adult only.  Angie was able to eat at both Palo and Remy on the Fantasy.

Palo – This restaurant has a $35 per person additional fee.  Angie was able to eat a lunch that was a buffet-style meal.  There was a seafood section, tenderloin carving section, salads, sides, and desserts.  All of the food was very good.

Remy – This restaurant has a $75 per person additional fee.  She did dinner and describes it as a dining experience.  She loved it and would definitely do this again.  There was a preset menu and you had a choice of 2 meals.  If you really want, there is a la carte options.  The meal was about 3.5 hours.  The whole experience was exceptional between the food and the wait staff.

Lunch was more casual options.

Cabanas is a buffet option.  Angie ate there as her go-to breakfast place.
For lunch, they mainly ate from locations on the pool deck.  There are stations set-up with wraps, pizza, burgers, and other  quick-service meal items.

Drink stations are set-up and soda is included in the price of your cruise if you get it from the drink stations.

Another option for dining is room service.  You can get room service included in your cruise fare.  Gratuity is not included. Room service is not available to last morning of your cruise.

Please join us next time when we learn about the onboard ship activities.

Thanks for listening.

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